They’re tanking for the sign.
“The dunk tank fundraiser is an effort to raise funds for the electronic sign at Kingsland schools. We want to make it a community project,” said Kingsland Athletic Booster Club (KABC) member Stacey Rath, winding up her pitching arm for the target at the dunk tank. The fund-raising activity will be at South Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Spring Valley’s Ag Days to help garner funds to place an electronic message sign on the west side of the Kingsland Elementary and High School building in Spring Valley.
Rath has rounded up some of the school district’s finest swimmers and staff members to be unceremoniously dropped into a tank filled with cold, unforgiving water.
“We have several people who have volunteered to sit in the dunk tank. What better time to do it than during Ag Days,” said Rath. “We have school board members, administration, KABC board members, coaches and others. We want to show the community we are working for this project as well — all the proceeds go directly to the sign project.”
The tank will be set up at South Park Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Sunday from 11 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
Friday’s dunk tank droppers include Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald at 6 p.m., followed by school board member Steve Tart at 7 p.m., grounds and maintenance director John Dols at 8 p.m., and former school board member Tom Kaase at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s big divers include KABC president Pat Pokorney at 11 a.m., Kaase at high noon, a mystery guest at 3 p.m., KABC board member Brad Musel at 4 p.m., and singing the underwater blues is Kingsland’s band and choir instructor, Josh Hogberg, at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s off to a soggy start for Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal Chris Priebe at 11 a.m., and it doesn’t seem to get any drier for Kingsland High School Principal Jim Hecimovich at noon. Kingsland Athletic Director Steve Hauser, the new guy, has graciously agreed to plunge at 1 p.m., another mystery guest perches on the seat at 2 p.m., and rounding out the day’s dunking are KABC board member Ann Oeltjen at 3 p.m. and Kingsland parent Brett Oeltjen at 4 p.m.
Even though reasons to land the district’s superintendent, principals and board members might not be related to the school sign fundraising project — maybe someone was sent to detention one too many times — Rath related, “It’s fun, and this is your chance to dunk people. It’s a community project, and we want the community to know the school and KABC want to get information out to our district. This is a way of making it happen. This is a joint effort between the Kingsland school district and KABC, a community project, and we want everybody to be involved.”
She concluded with an invitation to the community. “Have fun and bring lots of money to see people go down! The dunk tank is a fun way to raise funds and get the community involved and show the support of the Kingsland School District.